Owensboro, KY – An Owensboro legislator wants to declare a sales tax holiday for one week during this year in Kentucky. Democratic House Representative Jim Glenn says eliminating the state sales tax during the first week of August would help working families save money. The holiday would apply to clothing items that cost less than one-hundred dollars, and school supplies. Glenn says eliminating the six-percent tax would make a big difference for some households.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has begun a campaign to urge low- and middle-income Kentuckians to apply for a federal earned income tax credit. Beshear announced this morning a list of nearly 200 free tax preparation sites where volunteers will help Kentuckians fill out their income tax forms. The Beshear administration lists the information on the state Web site, assistance-(dot)-ky-(dot)-gov. Workers who earn up to forty-one thousand dollars may be eligible for credits as high as forty-eight hundred dollars.
Robard, KY – Kentucky State Police have arrested a worker at a western Kentucky poultry processing plant for allegedly writing a bomb threat note. The KSP says it charged 20-year-old Gary Widner of Madisonville with second-degree terroristic threatening. An investigation identified Widner as the suspect after the note was found Wednesday afternoon in a rest room at a Tyson plant in Robards, Kentucky. A KSP news release says Widner confessed to writing and leaving the note. No bomb was found.
Murray, KY – Murray's MFA in Creative Writing begins its 5 night Winter Residency Reading Series with Lannan Literary Award winning author Scott Russell Sanders --whose book A Conservationist Manifesto comes out this year. He reads from his memoir A Private History of Awe Sunday, Jan. 4 at Murray State University.
Murray, KY – Murray's MFA in Creative Writing begins its 5 night Winter Residency Reading Series Saturday, Jan. 4 with a presentation by MacArthur "Genius" and poet Linda Bierds whose work has earned her several prestigious national awards and publications. Her poems appear in prestigious national print venues like the New Yorker. Linda Bierds prefaces a reading of her poem "Sea of Tranquility."
Frankfort, KY – A bill that will go before the Kentucky General Assembly this year would allow Independents a vote in the state's primaries. Republican Representative Jimmy Higdon has pre-filed the measure, which would let Independents cast ballots in either the Republican or Democratic primary without having to change their registration. Higdon says some of his constituents couldn't vote in the 2008 presidential primaries, and they've asked him to sponsor the bill.